Poisonous Items

If your pet ingests a toxin, please call Poison Control and contact your veterinarian.


Alcoholic Beverages Onions and Onion Powder
AvocadoRaisins and Grapes
Chocolate (all forms)Salt
Coffee (all forms)Yeast Dough
Fatty FoodsGarlic
Macadamia NutsProducts sweetened with Xylitol (several gum products)
Moldy or Spoiled Foods

Household Items

DetergentsFabric softener sheets
MothballsHousehold Cleaners / Disinfectants
Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)Liquid potpourri


Over the counter pain medications (Advil/ ibuprofen, Tylenol/ acetaminophen)Prescription medications
Cold & Flu medicationsDiet Pills
Anti-cancer drugsAntidepressants

Poisonous Plants for Dogs & Cats

Branching IvyDaffodil
Castor BeanFerns
Lillies (all Lillium species)Morning Glory

* please note, this list is not all inclusive. For a complete list, visit ASPCA.

Holiday Hazards

Sparklers / FireworksEaster grass
Holiday plants (Lilies, Mistletoe, Holly) *for a complete list see Poisonous PlantChristmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
Electrical cordsBatteries
Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)Glass ornaments

Outdoor & Cold Weather

Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpionsSwimming-pool treatment supplies
Blue-green algae in pondsSlug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
Citronella candlesAntifreeze
Cocoa mulchIce Melting Products
Fertilizers and compost pilesRat and mouse bait
Outdoor plants and plant bulbsFly baits containing methomyl

Non-Toxic Substances

The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

Water-based paintsPoinsettia
Toilet bowl waterCat litter
Silica gelGlow jewelry